Volunteer at a international art research location in Germany
please read first our information on the platform. please look more often to our calendar, because there are often changes of volunteers as well. so sometime there is unexpected changes and free place.
If you have any specific skills we would love to hear from you as we plan to do some renovations. If not, we would still love to hear from you; many hands make light work :)
We are a registered non for profit association, founded in 1992. Our purpose is the establishment and running of an international production and research centre for interdisciplinary arts. We are located close to the town of Pasewalk in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Covering an area of 53,000m², with 12,000m² of interior space in historic buildings, our estate is located on the northern edge of Uckermark.
Formerly a country estate, it has been transformed into one of the largest venues in Germany for interdisciplinary arts, cultural events and performances.
The activities include:
o international cultural exchange, art production and research
o cultural work and socio-cultural youth work
o maintenance and reconstruction of buildings on the castle site
Our castle is a place where people have a free living space and are able to meet many people from different countries from all over the world. Art and youth projects take place all over the year and you are welcome to participate in the projects in your spare time.
Type of help.Art project,
Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
You are interested in construction etc.? We keep renovating and rebuilding our huge fieldstone buildings, which formerly were used as barns and stables.
We transform them into studios, ateliers and living space.
For this year we have an extra huge work. We start to modernise one of our main building.
We will have a new electrical system, heading system, roof, windows and and and…..
So for that we need extra help. Real construction skill is very welcome.
Our castle is surrounded by a spacious garden and fields with crops. The inner yard has some small ponds and many meadows for recreation. These spaces have to be maintained and partly redesigned. Ideas are always welcome. We are create a garden for fruit and vegetables. This needs help. At the moment is a lot of grass to cut and has to be colleted.
Year round we host many artists and youth groups from all over the world and the cook always needs a helping hand in the kitchen and around.
Also when there are no groups, we take it in turns to cook for everyone. This can be from 2-15 people depending on the night. You are welcome to use your creativity and introduce us to new meals. We love learning about new people and their cultures through what they cook. We often cook together as well.
Taking care of our guests:
You can help our booking staff taking care of our artists. There is work to do in the office as well as in the guest relation. Taking care of the guests also requires preparation of the rooms, and cleaning after they leave.
As well as taking it in turns to cook; we also work together to maintain a clean and tidy living area. This includes washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, and bathrooms.
Mainly we support artwork because artist need always help.
There is sometimes the possibility to participate in a running art project. Please ask!
Be aware that it is not an automatism that Artist need help. Mainly your are here to help for the infrastructures.
In case you are artist by your self than for your own artistic interest you have to use your free time. Be aware as well, that you are not a selected artist or art project. If you expect that, than you have to apply as an artist. Workaway is not a platform to apply for your project, but we need you to help the system and to bring forward our vision of an artspace.
But of course in you free time you can do your project by your own.
It takes some time to get used to everything and the processes. That’s why we feel, it makes sense to work with us if you would like to spend more than 2-3 months. We want people take responsibility and as well easing our daily duties. In a short stay it’s nearly impossible to come to that point. That’s why we like longer stay terms. And we like, that volunteer are develop them self and this needs time as well.
We would still like to hear from you if you are available for a shorter period of time. We are flexible if you are flexible.
For the colder months: As we do not have central heating, you can warm your room to the temperature you like - with an oven.
What else ...
CLOTHES FOR OUTDOOR WORK AND WORKSHOP CAN MAKE THINGS MORE EASY. GOOD SHOES FOR WORK IS MORE THEN HELPFUL. A TORCH FOR DARK NIGHTS AS WELL.
We like to provide you with some more information about our Association. This is an art production place that is quite busy during the summer months. Mainly dancers, choreographers, actors, visual artists or groups of such branches come here to rehearse outside a big city, in order to have the freedom and peace to do so at any time of day and night.
So we have to organize the whole work around art productions and to take care about them. In summer there is as well a lot of gardening work and we try to work on development of the infrastructure of our place. During winter months, it is much more quiet here. That means at this time of the year we try to get things done that had to be put off during summer. This involves work such as maintenance of the buildings, renovating, cleaning and cooking together.
We take it in turns and cook together when there is no chef here- he only comes here when we have bigger groups to host. At this time there is more work in the kitchen and bathroom.
The people who work here permanently or semi-permanently also live here. It is similar to living in a shared flat. We have our own rooms but share bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as the community room (TV). This can be between 6 to 15 people.
Please let us know if you have driving license. It is not necessary, but it helps.
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
5 days a week, 5 hours
Feedback left about host
SHE IS A ACTIVE AND SMILING PERSON WITH A SUNNY MOOD.
SHE DON´T LOOKS FOR PROBLEMS, BUT FOR SOLUTIONS. NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF WORK SHE DID, AND SHE DID FROM HELPING AT THE ROOF, HELPING WITH CONSTRUCTION SITE, HELP IN THE GARDEN, CLEANING, COOKING, TAKING CARE OF ARTIST AND GUEST, AND AND AND, SHE DID WITH A SMILE.
CHRIS HELPS IN ALL FIELD.
HE IS A GOOD COOK AND WE ENJOY WHEN HE DID HIS SPICY COOKING. HE HELPED IN THE KITCHEN, CLEANING OF OUR GUESTHOUSE,
she was a very helpful person in all kind of fields.
She helped in the kitchen, supporting guest, helped artist, helped with all kind of cleaning, preparing guest rooms, she helped at the construction site with the roof , to make slots with hammer and chisel, tear down plaster from the walls, helped
I spent only a short time (almost two weeks) in Fahrenwalde but it was for me an interesting and nice experience.
I felt from the begin very confortable and all the people were kind and friendly.
I remember with joy while I cooked the jam in the kitchen with loud music and dancing...
Now it's impossible for me
I spent 5 weeks, and since the beginning I felt really welcome;and a part of the community during the whole period. I met fantastic people from the entire world, taked part of political
BUT CARMEN DID NOT BEHAVE LIKE A 18 YEARS OLD GIRL. SHE IS MUCH MORE INDEPENDENT, WITH A CLEAR MIND, OBSERVING AND ACTING IN THE RIGHT TIME, ASKING CLEVER QUESTIONS AND WAS VERY HELPFUL AT HER
IT WAS HER FIRST WORKAWAY EXPERIENCE.
WE HAD A GOOD TIME TOGETHER. MENA TOOK MAINLY CARE OF THE GARDEN AND OUTDOOR SPACE. SHE HAS HER ON CHARACTER AN THIS GIVE STRENGTH WHICH SHE NEED FOR HER LIVE. AS WE LIKE TO CULTIVATE THE DIFFERENCE SHE BROUGHT HER OWN COLOR.
SHE GAVE GOOD ENERGY TO OUR VEGETABLES AND SALAT SO
IT WAS A SHORT BUT VERY GOOD TIME WITH YOU. THANKS FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU.
AENGUS IS A HARD AND FOCUSED PERSON.HE HELPED IN ALL KIND OF FIELDS. HE OBSERVE HIS SURROUNDINGS AND REACT WITH A FINE SENSE FOR WHAT IS NEEDED. HE HAS A OPEN EYE FOR THE WORK NEED TO BE DONE AND HE GO FOR IT WITHOUT ORDER,
THANKS FOR YOU FIRST WORKAWAY AND ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR TRIP..
NO MATTER WHICH WORK WE DID, SHE WAS ON. AND WE DID A LOT. SHE HELPT WITH WOOD WORK, GLUEING ART NEWSPAPER TO THE WALL AND CEILING, HELPING WITH PLASTERING, CLEARING, HOUSEKEEPING, KITCHEN, SHOPPING WORK AND COOKING AND AND AND.....
SHE WAS A DILIGENT WORKER WITH ALWAYS A
It was a privilege to be part of such an exciting and incredibly unique art project.
There was always something to do, but people were relaxed and easygoing, which made it a good working environment.
I had a very enjoyable time and I
I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in meeting people from all over the world. It is a great place to workaway, there are all types of projects to work on, cooking, cleaning, helping with art projects, gardening and construction. You are
The people of the community are all very welcoming and friendly. The work can be hard but then again it can also be very easy, depending on the day that's in it. Life here is very comfortable and relaxing and there's always a new face to get to know. I highly recommend visiting to check it out for
A WILLING PERSON. BROUGHT GOOD ENERGIE IN THE WHOLE GROUPE.
HE HELPED WITH HOUSEKEEPING, WORKSHOP, TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT, KITCHEN, GARDENING, BUILDING, BATHROOM ETC.
The day to day communal living is comfortable and fun, and the work not too strenuous and often flexible depending on
ALWAYS WITH GOOD MOOD. SHE FEEL AND KNOW WHEN YOU NEED HER!
AND IF THE WORK IS HART, DIRTY, UNCOMFORTABLE, EMBARRASSING, NASTY, DISPLEASING, SHE STILL SMILE, PUT HER HAND IN THE DIRT AND WORK WITH A SMILE AND GOOD MOOD.
SHE IS AWAKE, MORE DEVELOPED THAN YOU CAN EXPECT FROM A 19 YEARS OLD PERSON.
YOU CAN HAVE
I recently spent 2 and a half months at the castle. It would be an understatement to say the people are great, they are fantastic. It is a very open and relaxed environment. In my time there I met people from all over the world, sharing different experiences and ideas. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Thank you for everything :)
It was great to learn more about the peolple of East Germany. The castle has many components to the creative arts, and they are willing to support any individual who shows an interest. Because of the rustic atmospher of the castle, my creativity was inspired and still is. The work is reasonable. In
THANKS AND GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR TRIP.
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